Carolyn White is managing partner at White McCarthy, where her practice focuses on... more
Carolyn White is managing partner at White McCarthy, where her practice focuses on estate planning, long-term care planning, probate and elder law. She is certified by the Virginia Supreme Court to serve as guardian ad litem for incapacitated adults, and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. An AV-rated attorney, she is a past president of both the Richmond Bar Associat... view profile
Probate is the legal process used to carry out a person's will after their death; a probate attorney advises you on how to perform the steps in the process. In general, once you have identified and collected the dead person's belongings, including their money, property, and other assets, you pay the person's debts and taxes. Once all debts have been paid, you distribute their money and property according to the language of the will. If there is no will, the laws of the state where the dead person lived control how the property is distributed. A probate attorney helps you plan what happens to your property when you die, as they can probate wills and act as your probate court estate representative. A probate attorney also represents family members and beneficiaries wishing to challenge wills.